Hidden Valley’s Plans for Expansion
The Hidden Valley Four Seasons Resort in Somerset, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. is to undergo renovations, improvements and expansion to the value of an estimated $1 billion over a thirty-year period. The developer, The Buncher Company, sees a great future for this popular snow skiing resort and part of its short terms plans are to upgrade the Hidden Valley ski slopes and ski lodge in time for the upcoming snow skiing season beginning on 15 December 2007.
Hidden Valley features 28 slopes and trails for snow skiing and snowboarding and improvements to the skiing facilities will include new snow-making equipment, new chairs for the ski lifts, slope groomers and new state-of-the-art ski rental equipment.
New slopes are being developed which will be used exclusively for the increasingly popular sport of snow tubing. This exciting activity, which is similar to sledding and involves speeding down the slope on a specialized inner tube, requires no particular skill, relying on gravity to propel the rider to the bottom of the slope. There is, however, very little the rider can do to steer the snow tube and for this reason, it is advisable to stick to the designated slopes for snow tubing.
In addition to top-class snow sport facilities, Hidden Valley boasts an 18-hole golf course, a sports club, eight tennis courts, basketball and volleyball courts, three swimming pools, thirty miles of hiking and biking trails as well as a lake fully stocked with bass and trout.
The developments in Hidden Valley will include 1,800 new housing units, including single-family homes, townhouses and condominiums. At least 600 housing units will be part of a new gated community to be called Paradise Springs.
The Buncher Company, which has been in real estate development for ninety years, purchased Hidden Valley for approximately $12.4 million from a family-owned company that had been operating the 1,500-acre resort since 1983. The Buncher Company hopes to integrate the expansion of Hidden Valley with a project they are working on in the adjoining 800-acre site.
The developers see Hidden Valley Four Seasons Resort as a family-oriented holiday destination and snow skiing fans can look forward to the ongoing improvements to achieve this objective.